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ATARI 1050 





An extremely efficient high-speed memory device, the ATARI 
1050 Disk Drive greatly enhances your ATARI Home Com- 
puter system. The ATARI 1050 enables you to store and 
manage large amounts of information in separate files on 
floppy diskettes. You can call up your files by name, copy or 
erase them, and manage them in many other useful ways. 

The next few pages show in a few simple steps how to con- 
nect your ATARI 1050 to your computer, and how to handle 
the diskettes you'll be using to store your files. 

1 Turn off the power to all com- 
ponents of your computer system. 

2 Plug the AC Power Adapter in- 
to the wall socket. Then plug the 
smaller end of the Adapter cord 
into the hole marked POWER IN 
on the back of the disk drive. 

3 Plug one end of the Serial I/O 
Cable into the jack marked 
PERIPHERAL on the computer can- 
sole. Then plug the other end of 
the cable into one of the two 
jacks marked I/O CONNECTORS 
located on the back of the disk 
drive. (If you have an ATARI Pro- 
gram Recorder, you may want to 
plug it into the remaining I/O con- 
nector jack.) 

WARNING: Your ATARI 1050 Disk 
Drive should be placed 12 inches 
or more from your television, 
Your TV creates a strong magnetic 
field that could affect the informa- 
tion recorded on your diskettes. 

4 Turn on the disk drive. Both 
the POWER light (next to the 
ON/OFF switch) and the BUSY 
light (above the switch) will go 
on. When the BUSY light goes off, 
you may insert a diskette. 


5 Insert a diskette carefully into 
the drive opening with the label 
facing up and toward you. After 
sliding the diskette all the way in- 
to the slot, turn the latch on the 
front of the drive to the down 
(vertical) position. 

Although your disk drive is now 
ready to use with your computer, 
it's recommended that you read 
the rest of this manual and An 
Introduction to the Disk Operating 
Sysfem before operating the 

You can attach up to four ATARI 
disk drives, in addition to other 
components, to your ATARI Home 
Computer. Multiple disk drives 
(and other components, if you 
have them} are connected to each 
other in a daisy chain, using the 
Serial I/O Cables supplied with 
each component. 

There are two I/O CONNECTOR 
jacks on the back of each disk 
drive. To install multiple drives, 
connect a Serial I/O Cable from 
one I/O CONNECTOR on the first 
disk drive to the jack labeled 
PERIPHERAL on the computer con- 
sole. Then connect another Serial 
I/O Cable from the remaining I/O 
CONNECTOR on the first drive to 
either I/O CONNECTOR on the 
second drive. Connect any addi- 
tional components in the same 


If your system includes more than 
one disk drive, you must set two 
small identifier switches on the 
back of each drive. These switches 
tell the computer which drive 
you're referring to in your pro- 
grams and commands. 

To set the switches, first turn off 
the power to the disk drives. Then 
turn the drives around so that you 
can see the DRIVE SELECT window 
on the back of each drive. Inside 
the window is a black switch and, 
behind it, a white switch. 

Using a pen or a small screw- 
driver, set the switches in the win- 
dow to match the patterns shown 
here for Drive 1, Drive 2, and so 
forth. Vou must always have one 
drive set as Drive 1 . 

Once you've set up your ATARI 
1050 Disk Drive, you're ready to 
begin using it. The Master Diskette 
incfuded with your drive contains 
the Disk Operating System, or 
DOS, that enobles the disk drive 
and computer to work together 
on such tasks as saving program 
and data files, loading files into 
the computer, making backup 
copies of diskettes, and so on. 

DOS is easy to use. Even if you 
have no previous experience, with 
a little practice you'll soon be us- 
ing several DOS functions with 

To help you get to know the Disk 
Operating System, two books 
about DOS are included with your 
disk drive and Master Diskette. An 
Introduction to the Disk Operating 
System explains in simple lan- 
guage and with typical examples 
what DOS can do for you and 
how to use its most frequently 
needed features. The Disk Operat- 
ing System Reference Manual is 
more technical and comprehen- 
sive. It explains all the features of 
DOS in detail, with a variety of 
examples. The Reference Manual 
also contains a wealth of informa- 
tion for serious pro- 



The surface of a diskette is coated 
with a sensitive magnetic material 
that stores your data. To ensure 
the long life and reliability of your 
diskettes, you must handle them 
properly and with care. 

Each diskette is permanently 
enclosed in a block protective 
envelope and is normally stored 
in a paper sleeve. Most diskettes 
have a small wnfe-profecf notch 
on one edge of the black protec- 
tive envelope. By covering this 
notch with one of the small 
adhesive rectangular tabs pro- 
vided by the diskette manufac- 
turer, you can avoid accidentally 
erasing or writing over any data 
on a diskette. 


Never turn your disk drive on or 
off with a diskette in the drive, 
and never leave a diskette in the 
drive while it's turned off. 

Never wet or wash a diskette. 
Use a soft brush or compressed 
air from a spray can to remove 
any dust from the surface. 

Do not bend your diskettes; they 
must turn freely in the protective 
envelope. Handle them with care 
when loading or unloading. 

Store diskettes in their paper 
sleeves standing on edge. 

Because a diskette turns inside its 
envelope, damage to the enve- 
lope can result in damage to the 

Do not store your diskettes in 
direct sunlight. Keep them away 
from any excessive heat. 

Store your diskettes away frc 
your television set. The strong 
magnetic fields produced by the 
television can partially erase the 
data stored. Keep your diskettes 
away from electrical devices, in- 
cluding the telephone. 

Do not write on your diskettes 
with a pencil or ball-point pen. 
The sharp point of a pencil or 
ball-point pen can score the sur- 
face of a diskette. Use a felt-tip 
pen to mark the diskette label or 
write on the label before you put 
it on the diskette. 

Do not attach paper clips to your 

Do not use erasers on diskette 
labels. Eraser dust is~~oijrasive and 
will damage diskettes. 


touch a diskette where it 
exposed through the diskette 
lvelope. Fingerprints can 
nmage the magnetic medium. 

Important Information: Like any electrical 
appliance, iWl ATARI Home Computer equipment 
uses and produces rodio frequency energy. IF it's not 

the equipment m 


las been type tested and found Ic 

imits lor o Class B computing device in occor- 

:e with the specifications in Subpart J of Part 15 

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will not occur in a particular home or residence. 
If you believe this equipment is causing inter- 
ference wirli >: Hon try turning 
the equipment off and on. If the interference pro- 
blem slops when the equipment is lurned off, then 
the equipment is probobly causing the interference. 

correct the problem by trying one or more of the measures: 

• Repr 

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accuracy ol the product documentor 
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